04/11/19 11:26pm
Ina Pollifrone-Visich is opening So Matcha in her Wading River yoga studio. (Credit: Cyndi Zaweski)

The North Fork is getting its first specialty matcha tea bar. 

So Matcha is celebrating its grand opening this weekend inside Solntse Hot Yoga in Wading River. The newly redesigned front end of the 1,000-square-foot studio — a dressing room a little more than a month ago — is now an open, sophisticated mini-café that is serving up matcha tea, both hot and iced.

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04/04/19 6:00am

Thomas Spotteck is helming the winemaking process at Lenz in Peconic. (Credit: David Benthal)

The year 2018 was one of celebration and transition at The Lenz Winery in Peconic.

In its 40th year, the winery said goodbye to longtime winemaker Eric Fry, who helped the company establish itself as a respected producer of meticulously made estate-grown varietals. (more…)

03/31/19 7:00pm

Jess and Jennilee Morris at North Fork Roasting Co. in 2015. (Northforker file photo)

The owners of North Fork Roasting Co. are stepping away from a proposed new business venture after a popular New York City food blog outed disgraced restaurateur Ken Friedman as a partner in the project.  READ

03/30/19 6:00am

Chris Wines tends to the animals on his family’s farm in Riverhead (Credit: David Benthal)

The North Fork is known for its independently owned vineyards, breweries and distilleries, but there’s a small-batch beverage you might be overlooking: milk. 

Ty Llwyd Farm in Riverhead is the North Fork’s only producer of raw, unpasteurized milk — known for its creamier taste and added health benefits. And like other local craft beverages, it’s got a loyal, almost cult-like following.  (more…)

03/16/19 6:00am

As someone who writes about not only New York wine but also wine grown up and down the Eastern Seaboard — and even the Midwest — I’ve been thinking a lot about diversity lately.

Diversity takes many forms in the wine world. You have the grapes themselves, of course, and not just different varieties like merlot or chardonnay. There are different clones within each variety as well. Maybe we’ll talk clones in detail in an upcoming column, but you can think of a clone as a version of a grape variety that has specific characteristics. (more…)